The CLASS Center hosts regular intellectual events. These include “workshares”, where faculty and graduate students share work-in-progress. They also include public lectures by UW faculty and visitors from other institutions. We also provide CLASS Grad Fellows professionalization workshops aimed at developing key skills in publishing, grant acquisition and conducting research amongst our graduate students.  If you wish to share your work with the CLASS community or participate in the workshops, please contact the CLASS Center Director, Professor Rachel Cichowski (

CLASS/LSJ Talk & Discussion joint with the UW Law School

Tuesday, April 1, 3:30-4:30pm, UW Law Gates Hall Room 447: Talk and discussion by Professor Kathleen Cavanaugh (Irish Center for Human Rights, National University of Ireland) entitled “Faith in Democracy? Militant Democracy, Legal Pluralism and the Turkish State”

CLASS/LSJ Workshare

Friday, April 18, 12-1:30pm, Smith 40A: Discuss research paper by Professor Lisa Miller (Rutgers University, UW PhD alum) entitled “What’s Violence Got to Do with It? Rethinking Punishment, Inequality and the Modern State.”

CLASS/LSJ Workshare

Friday, May 16, 12-1:30pm, Smith 40A: Discuss research paper by Professor Arzoo Osanloo (LSJ/CLASS)


CLASS/LSJ Workshare Friday, February 7, 12-1:30pm, Smith 40A Discuss research paper by Professor Steve Rosenbaum (UW Law/Berkeley Law) entitled “Dignifying Madness: Revisting Involuntary Commitment for People with Mental Health Disabilities”

CLASS/LSJ Workshare Friday, February 28, 12-1:30pm, Smith 40A Discuss research paper by Professor Camille Walsh (UW Bothell) entitled “Race and Taxes: School Segregation and Funding Litigation in the 20th Century U.S.”



The CLASS Center along with UW Law School and JSIS will be hosting socio-legal scholar,Professor Eve Darian-Smith (UC Santa Barbara) on Friday, March 7. We welcome you to the following events:

Graduate Student Lunch with Professor Darian-Smith, Friday, March 7, 12:00-1:30pm, UW Law School, Gates Hall, Room 447 Lounge. CLASS Grad Fellows and UW graduate students will have the opportunity to meet and discuss socio-legal issues from cutting edge research topics to tips for success in the socio-legal field.

Talk and Dicussion Friday, March 7, 2:00pm-3:30pm, Petersen Room, Allen Library. Professor Eve Darian-Smith discusses her recent book, Law and Societies in Global Contexts(Cambridge University Press, 2013).  Talk followed by informal discussion.



Research Symposium February 6 and 7.  Islam and Forgiveness is a symposium organized by LSJ/CLASS faculty Professor Arzoo Osanloo.  The 2 day symposium will include socio-legal scholars exploring this topic in key geographical areas (including Lebanon, Egypt, India, Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran and Morocco).  Events associated with the symposium include the following.

Keynote Lecture: Thursday, February 6, 6:30-8:00pm, Kane Hall 210.  Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl gives a lecture entitled Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World: The Theology of Shahada in the Modern Age. Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl is the Alfi Distinguished Professor in Islamic Law at the UCLA School of Law and Chair of the Islamic Studies Interdepartmental Program at UCLA.  He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on Islamic law, and a prominent scholar in the field of human rights.  Among his many honors and distinctions, Dr. Abou El Fadl was awarded the University of Oslo Human Rights Award, the Leo and Lisl Eitinger Prize in 2007, and named a Carnegie Scholar in Islamic Law in 2005.  He was previously appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, and also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch.

Symposium Presentations: February 6 and 7, 9:15am-4:15pm, Simpson Center for the Humanities, Communications Bldg 202.  Please see the symposium website for full details on presentation schedules.



LSJ/CLASS Reception and Party Friday, March 14, 6:00-8:45pm UW Ethnic and Cultural Center. We decided to skip the holiday party this year and instead celebrate in March. All are welcome. Please take a moment to come celebrate the end of the quarter and catch up with colleagues. The evening will be showcasing one of our hidden gems, Professor Michael Mcann’s blues group, Bluetopia.

CLASS/LSJ Workshare

Friday, October 18, 12-1:00pm, Smith 40A: Discuss research paper by Professor Katherine Beckett and CLASS Grad Fellow Heather Evans entitled:  “Unequal Before the Law: The Impact of Federal Immigration Law on Local Criminal Justice Processes”

CLASS Center Fall Welcome

Friday October 11, 3:30-5:00pm, Gowen Hall 1A: CLASS faculty introduction panel followed by light reception meet/greet with faculty and CLASS Grad Fellows.  Come hear about the research and programs of the CLASS Center.  Beverages and tasty bites provided.

CLASS Grad Grant Workshop

Friday, October 25, 12-1:30pm, Smith 40A: Hands on workshop discussing the grant proposal process with particular emphasis on the National Science Foundation generally, and the NSF Law & Social Sciences Program in particular.

CLASS/LSJ Workshare

Friday, November 15, 12-1:30pm, Smith 40A: Discuss research grant proposal by CLASS Grad Fellow Filiz Kahraman entitled:  ”Claiming Labor Rights as Human Rights: Legal Mobilization at the ECtHR”